Call for Proposals—Maintaining Refuge

As the global increase in the number of refugees collides with the global increase in anti-refugee rhetoric, haven is becoming harder to find. Yet there are also efforts to maintain refuge as a basic humanitarian right and as a core cultural value of welcome in many religious and national traditions, including that of the United States. How do people maintain refuge? How can anthropologists assist in the conceptualization of refuge and in the mechanics of its provision?  We’re looking for proposals that examine issues shaping the lived experiences of refugees and those who work with them in different nations and regions as they try to maintain refuge in the face of the strong forces that are eroding it.  Specifically, we are interested in essays that speak to a range of topics, including policies that enable or deny refuge, needs and access to services such as health care, opportunities for employment or education after resettlement, community formation and citizenship, and the realities of mobile borders.  The refuge series will publish on the Anthropology News website and is sponsored by the AAA’s Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), the Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA), and the Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI). 

Final articles for the series will be 1,000–1,600 words, photo essays will consist of 8–10 high resolution images and a 600 word introductory essay.

Please submit your proposal for our refuge series by March 1st.

Send anthofrefugees@gmail.com a proposal that includes:

  • A 250-word summary of the the main point of your article in a few sentences
  • A 50-word author bio.